Cambridge professor speaks on ‘Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe?’ at George Fox University Feb. 22

January 25th, 2018

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Dr. Simon Conway Morris visits for school’s annual Dalton Lecture

NEWBERG, Ore. – A Cambridge professor of evolutionary palaeobiology, Dr. Simon Conway Morris, will present the eighth annual Dalton Lecture at George Fox University at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the school’s Bauman Auditorium. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Morris’ presentation, titled “Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe?” is connected to his current work in addressing so-called evolutionary “myths,” such as mass extinctions, human uniqueness and extraterrestrials, with the aim of puncturing some holes in areas of received wisdom. He has traveled extensively, conducting field work in China, Canada, Mongolia, Greenland and Australia, and has won various awards, including the Walcott Medal from the National Academy.

Morris is active in public outreach of science and delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 1996. He has made many television and radio appearances and is involved in science and religion debates. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Uppsala and the University of Hull and, in addition to his Cambridge position, is a Fellow at St. John’s College.

In addition to his Thursday night lecture, Morris will present a scientific talk at 3 p.m. that afternoon in Wood-Mar Auditorium, titled “Our Earliest Ancestors: Cambrian Deuterostomes or Just Weird Wonders.” The public is also invited to attend free of charge.

Morris’ visit is being sponsored by George Fox’s Department of Biology and Chemistry. His appearance marks the eighth installment of the Dalton Lecture Series, named for the world-renowned Quaker scientist John Dalton (1766-1844) best known for the development of modern atomic theory. The lecture annually brings in eminent scientists who are Christian.

A George Fox student research poster session and dessert reception will follow Morris’ presentation. For more information, call 503-554-2710 or visit

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Vetta Berokoff
Department of Biology and Chemistry
George Fox University

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